AVCon is an annual anime and video games festival run by the non for profit organisation Team AVCon Inc. Unlike related events run in Adelaide AVCon prides itself on providing as much content as possible to our attendees with minimal if no extra cost.

History

AVCON began in 2002, AVCON (then A/V Connection, now commonly known to stand for Anime and Video Games Festival) began as a joint convention supported by volunteers from the University of South Australia’s Adelaide Japanese Animation Society (AJAS) and the Adelaide University Video Gamers Association (AUVGA). After four successful annual conventions, Team AVCon Inc was established as an independent entity to run and sustain the annual convention.

In 2008, owing to continuing growth in attendee numbers, Team AVCon moved the 2009 convention from the University of Adelaide to the Adelaide Convention Centre. Since this move our attendee numbers grow every year, in 2016 we had over 18,500 people attend the festival.

Dates Venue Theme
July 2002 University of Adelaide
19–20 July 2003 University of Adelaide
17–18 July 2004 University of Adelaide
16–17 July 2005 University of Adelaide RPG
15–16 July 2006 University of Adelaide Pirates vs Ninjas
21–22 July 2007 University of Adelaide Rock Show
26–27 July 2008 University of Adelaide Space Opera
24–26 July 2009 Adelaide Convention Centre Heroes and Villains
23–25 July 2010 Adelaide Convention Centre Into the Woods
22–24 July 2011 Adelaide Convention Centre Retro
27–29 July 2012 Adelaide Convention Centre Neon Future
12–14 July 2013 Adelaide Convention Centre School Days
18–20 July 2014 Adelaide Convention Centre Fantasy RPG
17-19 July 2015 Adelaide Convention Centre Detective Agency
15-17 July 2016 Adelaide Convention Centre Magica vs Mecha
21-23 July 2017 Adelaide Convention Centre TBA

Team AVCon

Team AVCon is an incorporated, non-profit organisation whose aim is to keep AVCON as a fun, open and accessible event. AVCON is organised by an elected team, who manage and work with an organising committee. The elected members are voted in by the Team AVCon Incorporated Membership at the end of each year.

The membership of this organisation consists of a group of past and present volunteers who in the past have shown their dedication to making AVCON a success. The members of Team AVCon Inc. are truly interested in anime and video games; if they weren’t organising the Festival, they would be attendees! This interest gives them the passion to make AVCON the best it can be, and also ensures that AVCON remains a Festival for the fans.

The Elect

The Team AVCon Elect is a four member team elected at the Annual General Meeting by the membership of the organisation. The Elect appoints the Committee and guides the overall direction of the organisation and Festival.

Convenor Kira Austin
Vice Convenor Nathan Cronin-Earl
Secretary Lauren Cronin
Treasurer Kimberley Tilbrook

The Committee

The Team AVCon Committee is responsible for the running of the Festival. The structure of the Committee is determined by the Elect each year. Each role on the Committee is responsible for a particular facet of the Festival.

Design Coordinator Jaimie Wearne
Events Coordinator Kayla Garner
Marketing Coordinator Elise Champion
Sponsorship Coordinator Seb Cooper
Technical Coordinator Chris Murch
Ticketing Coordinator Anthony Kearney
Venue Coordinator Michael Hill
Games Coordinator Daniel Petherick
Human Resources Coordinator Ripley Newbold
Exhibitor Coordinator Kira Carter
IGR Coordinator Brad Barrett
Membership Officer Adam Rau

The Membership

Application for Team AVCon membership is open to any member of the general public who has demonstrated their dedication to the success of AVCon. Successful applicants will require sponsorship of an existing member of the Team AVCon Elect, Committee or a sub-committee.

Membership requires all members to have volunteered for the event in a previous year or to currently be a standing committee member. If you’re interested in becoming a member, we recommend getting involved with the Festival through volunteering this year!

The Team AVCon Rules of Association are available here.

Membership Forums

Volunteers

The AVCON Invaders

Each year AVCon enlists the help of approximately 200 volunteers to assist the Elect and Committee to run the Festival. Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 60, and help out all over the Festival to ensure our attendees have an amazing weekend. Positions include: set-up, ticketing, running events, crowd management and many more fun and exciting roles.

AVCon would not be as successful as it is without these dedicated volunteers!